Vermont Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents can be very serious, simply because of the size and weight of the vehicles involved. These accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but whatever the reason—from driver negligence to truck defects—they can cause terrible injuries and even death. Vermont is a state that is lucky in some respects, as it had one of the lowest truck accident fatality counts between 1996 and 2000, with statistics showing 53 deaths within that four-year period from truck related accidents.

On the other hand, that is still 53 precious lives lost, and more have been lost since that time. Add to this the high number of injuries stemming from truck related accidents, and you can see for yourself just how serious a problem truck accidents in Vermont—and other states—can be. In many cases, the other party involved in the accident has no blame, and in cases such as these, this other party may be entitled to claim compensation for injuries and damage.

In 2008, there was a total of 123,918 large trucks and 13,263 buses that were involved in non-fatal crashes in the United States. 49,084 large trucks and 7,123 buses were involved in injury crashes. 73,047 injuries resulted in large truck crashes, and 16,760 injuries due to bus crashes. There were also 74,834 large trucks and 6,140 buses that were involved in tow away crashes, and 2,609 large trucks and 11 buses that were involved in Hazmat Placard crashes. Most of the fatal truck accidents occurred 68% of the time in rural areas, 66% during the day time, and 78% of the time on weekdays. Passenger vehicles are less likely than large trucks to be involved in a fatal multi-vehicle accident.

One of the most common reasons why there is a collision between a passenger vehicle and a large truck is because of the passenger vehicle's driver being ignorant of the truck's performance capabilities, including what type of visibility the truck driver has, and the limits that are associated with braking. This can also include changing lanes quickly in front of a truck, driving in the "No-Zones", right behind and beside the truck where the driver cannot see you, and not slowing down or speeding up when a truck starts to change a lane or merge. However, that is not to say that the large trucks are never to blame. In fact, a good deal of accidents occur due to over-sized loads, driver fatigue, and companies not giving the necessary amount of time off to their workers. In these cases, passenger vehicles are the victims, and rightful compensation is possible.

In a recent truck accident in Vermont, a whole town had to be evacuated as a truck that had been carrying 2600 gallons of propane slipped onto the side of a road, falling on its side because of a sloped hill. The tank carrying the propane then began to leak because of a main valve being broken off. No one was injured, but the risk was there.

A Vermont truck accident lawyer is a professional that specializes in litigation relating to truck accident injuries and deaths. If you have been injured as the result of a truck accident in Vermont, enlisting the services of a Vermont truck accident attorney could enable you to claim compensation to which you may be entitled.

You should also contact a Vermont truck accident lawyer in the event that your loved one has been fatally injured in a car accident. If this is the case, you could be entitled to make a claim for wrongful death—an experienced Vermont truck accident attorney will be able to advise you with regards to your eligibility, as wrongful death statutes can vary from one state to another.

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